La Cañada native Kelson Brown has been bouncing around the country the past four years playing baseball. He has gone from Oregon to Iowa and now to Pennsylvania, as a new journey is about to begin.
In 2006, Brown left his hometown of La Cañada after graduating from La Cañada High to play baseball for Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. Brown returned home this spring after graduating, but wasn't there long.
He departed for Pennsylvania on Sunday, four days after being taken by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft.
Brown was carefully following the MLB draft at his house alone June 9, when he saw his name appear as the Pirates' 1,017 overall pick in the 34th round. He called his family and friends with the news, even before the Pirates' organization could call to congratulate him.
This summer, Brown will be playing Short-Season A-Ball for the State College Spikes of Pennsylvania, a minor league affiliate with the Pirates.